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Asia's COVID success stories become the world's worst hot spots

China insists on lockdowns while South Korea and Vietnam weigh reopening

A worker seals off a residential area in Shanghai. The Chinese economy has suffered from strict restrictions designed to curb the spread of COVID-19.   © Reuters

DALIAN, China/SEOUL/HANOI -- From China to Vietnam, Asian countries initially considered among the most successful in the world at curbing the coronavirus's spread are now facing some of the worst surges anywhere.

China reported 6,886 new infections on Monday -- the highest daily figure since February 2020, when COVID-19 was raging through the streets of Wuhan.

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